The California Chaparral Institute is an association of scientists, naturalists, and educators who value the chaparral as both a valuable resource and a place to enjoy the wilderness.

The California Chaparral Institute promotes an understanding and respect for the chaparral and the Mediterranean climate in which most Californians live in order to:

* Encourage an active interest in learning about the chaparral, the organisms living there, its evolutionary development, and the dynamic relationship it has with fire

*Facilitate better communication between the scientific and firefighting communities

* Develop wildland and growth management policies that will lower the risk of fire crossing over the wildland/urban interface

* Help save lives and homes from wildfire through continuing education efforts

* Permanently secure the value of protecting chaparral as an important natural resource in public policy for the benefit of future generations

* Foster a reconnection to the natural environment